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Blogs and Speaking Events

A group of teachers in Virginia needed a plan for one last great integrated STEM design challenge. The problem is, all of the students are at home with different resources. Here's our plan to use the engineering design process with your students to co-plan a capstone at-home integrated STEM challenge.


Boston teacher Mark Soo asked me for help with a PBL project. Here's my long-form response.

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Shirey, K. and Wild, A. (2020) Professional Learning with Teacher Communities the Knowles Way. American Physics Society's Forum on Education Spring 2020 Newsletter: 11-12. PDF

Shirey, K. & Perry, A. (2019) How Our Ideals Influence Whom We Teach part 1, part 2. Knowles Teacher Initiative blog post.

Shirey, K. (2018) Breaking the Silos of Discipline for Integrated Student Learning: A Global STEM Course’s Curriculum Development[J]. Engineering, 2018, 4 (2): 170-174.

Shirey, K. (2017) Don't panic: Fostering student engagement with engineering design. The Source AdvancED.


Recent Events

Women in Engineering Day. The Athenian School, Danville, California. April 2020.

Careers in Physics. Physics teacher Preparation. Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CuWIP) The College of New Jersey, 2019.

Social Capital in Teacher Induction Support. PhysTEC Conference, Boston, NJ, 2019.

A Few Amazing Things You Can Do With a Physics Degree. University of Wisconsin, River Falls, 2018.

College of Education Commencement Speaker, University of Maryland, College Park, 2017.